Netflix entering gaming, as it considers Fortnite more of a competitor than HBO, is the hottest topic in weeks. Ever since the king of streaming media services announced his adventure in gaming, the tech community has followed this development with great interest. The hiring of Mike Verdu, a former EA and Oculus executive, as vice president of game development, brought everyone’s attention to what’s to come over the next year. The Bloomberg report also reported that Netflix will hire a powerful team of game developers and offer games starting next year.
Now, in its second quarter 2021 earnings report, the company admitted that its gaming adventure will begin with the mobile platform. They will be looking to expand on their previous attempts at a similar concept like Black Mirror Bandersnatch and their Stranger Things games published through third-party platforms.
in a letter to shareholders, the company limited itself to the fact that games will be a new category in the interface. Just like they ventured into original movies, animations, and unscripted television, games will see that path too.
They also insisted on the fact that no additional costs or charges will be imposed on consumers, who can enjoy these games just as they enjoy the rest of the content. The content of the games is most likely something similar to existing IPs or even a game version of, say, the Sweet Tooth series.
This latest development clearly hints at Netflix’s commitment to the new genre coming to the platform. The letter to investors is further proof of how the gaming industry will be the next big avenue for the big names, particularly mobile games, to explore.